Xbox's Project xCloud launches in September, included in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
For $15 bucks a month, you can take your Xbox on the road.
What you need to know
- Microsoft gave more details on its forthcoming game streaming service codenamed Project xCloud.
- Project xCloud will be part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate price tier.
- Project xCloud will begin rolling out to select countries in September 2020.
- A list of supported countries has not yet been detailed.
Today via Xbox Wire, Microsoft finally unveiled more details about the pricing for Project xCloud, Xbox's big game streaming service.
In the blog post, Microsoft reiterated its commitments to backward compatibility, cross-gen accessories, games that scale across different hardware types, with the central message of putting the customer at the center of what it does. To round it off, Microsoft unveiled that Project xCloud will be part of Xbox Game Pass' Ultimate price tier, and will begin rolling out to select countries in September 2020.
We don't yet know which countries specifically will be part of the initial wave, but we expect it will at least be the U.S., the UK, and possibly South Korea, as some of the first countries able to test xCloud. There's a good chance it could simply roll out to every current xCloud testing bracket, depending on how broadly Microsoft has managed to spread its servers out across its big data centers.
Project xCloud is an important pillar in Microsoft's broader long-term strategy for its gaming division, as the console industry as a whole hasn't seen significant additional growth when compared to PC gaming and mobile platforms.
Project xCloud and similar streaming services may be able to bring console-quality games to low-powered PCs, smart TVs, and smartphones, growing the market far more rapidly than consoles and gaming-grade PCs can do by themselves. Microsoft is competing against Tencent, Google, and other tech companies to bring this tech to the masses, and Microsoft, armed with the best Xbox One games and the best Xbox Game Pass games it has, is certainly well placed to get out there ahead of the pack.
Now with Project xCloud
Take your gaming on the road
Xbox Game Pass is practically the "Netflix of gaming," and like Netflix, soon you will be able to play those games on your mobile device as well. Pretty awesome, ey?
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IMHO, GamePass (and similar services) is inevitably the future of gaming for many casual gamers that are not interested in building game libraries. It will mirror Netflix, Disney Plus etc. vs. Hollywood blockbusters that premier in cinemas (which still end up on streaming eventually).
Surely there will be more to come I can't think that all this XCloud hype is about streaming games you are already renting on other devise. (just like any other renting+streaming service)
Some are confused so here is clarification on few points.
1. Game pass ultimate is basically access fee to Xcloud service that doesn't mean you can only play 100+ games of game pass. You can play any Xbox game if purchased already even if it is outside the game pass.
2. Xcloud = Xbox on cloud. As of now I'm not aware of any flags that MS is providing devs to block that. I don't think they will any time soon as the leverage MS has is just too high. People who are playing game on Xcloud will always be the one who paid money whether it is game pass games or stand alone purchases. So profit or at least they would have bear least loss when competing with other companies. 3. Yes yes yes MS already won the games on cloud battle due to the existing infra they have that Playstation will never be able to match we unless Sony sell PS to Amazon or Google. 😂 Which they won't obviously. Google = yes cloud, yes streaming service YT, no game or user ecosystem Amazon = yes cloud, yes streaming, no game or existing user ecosystem Sony PS = no cloud, no streaming, yes game and existing large user base MS = yes cloud, no streaming, yes game ecosystem and existing large enough user base to make Xcloud successful enough on day one, already has millions of paying game pass users albeit most are Xbox game pass many will upgrade to ultimate game pass or maybe MS start providing access to normal game pass users too you never know. From the angle of profit making or least loss bearing MS wins due to the fact that they have both game ecosystem + cloud infra to withstand unlike Sony or other big boys. People who have been ignorant of MS so much so that they think Google is a big so called brand when it comes to cloud 😂.
Yes they are big but smaller than MS by about 40%. Amazon has the largest close to MS+G combined.